gan·​try | \ˈgan-trē \
plural gantries

Definition of gantry 

1 : a frame for supporting barrels

2 : a frame structure raised on side supports so as to span over or around something: such as

a : a platform made to carry a traveling crane and supported by towers or side frames running on parallel tracks also : a movable structure with platforms at different levels used for erecting and servicing rockets before launching

b : a structure spanning several railroad tracks and displaying signals for each

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Next to it, the blue scaffolds of an indoor crane resemble a launchpad gantry. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Inside the Test Chamber for NASA's Astronaut Vehicle Double," 12 July 2018 The systems are designed to discard radar data about things that aren’t moving, to prevent false alarms for every overhead gantry or street-side trash can. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Tesla's Autopilot Was Involved in Another Deadly Car Crash," 30 Mar. 2018 First, the legislature needs to vote for the state transportation department to conduct a study to determine the location of the overhead toll gantries. Christopher Keating,, "Ahead Of Vote On Highway Tolls, Lawmakers Push Discounts For State Residents," 2 May 2018 Background: Jeffboat, one of the largest inland shipbuilders in the country, is closing Glen McMahan, 64, a gantry crane operator, has worked at Jeffboat for 42 years. Pat Mcdonogh, The Courier-Journal, "As the last barge rolls off the line, Jeffboat workers say goodbye to an era and their jobs," 20 Apr. 2018 The gantry structure retracts on giant wheels, tucking against the condo tower behind it. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "Superhuman City," 18 Apr. 2018 The Wilmington port’s search for an expansion partner is nearing completion just as the Port of Philadelphia is scheduled to take delivery Saturday on two new giant gantry cranes to handle larger ships at its Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. Andrew Maykuth,, "Arab firm Gulftainer in line to operate Delaware port," 23 Mar. 2018 Throughout the country, the fees are typically charged using E-ZPass or a similar system of electronic readers mounted on overhead gantries to communicate with transponders or stickers with smart chips placed inside vehicles, Ms. Goodin said. Winnie Hu, New York Times, "Is Your E-ZPass the Key to Congestion Pricing?," 21 Mar. 2018 According to a news release, a gantry crane was installed on the observation deck to reel up the panels of glass — which, at 11 feet by 7 feet, are too large for the Space Needle’s elevators. Ellen M. Banner, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s iconic Space Needle gets spiffed up," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of gantry

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gantry

Middle English gauntree, reshaping (perhaps conformed to tre tree entry 1) of ganter, borrowed from Anglo-French *ganter (Old French —Picard— gantier, Old French chantier), going back to Latin cantērius, canthērius "horse of poor quality, rafter, prop for vines," akin to Greek kanthḗlia "panniers," (ónos) kanthḗlios "pack ass," both loanwords from an undetermined Mediterranean language

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gan·​try | \ˈgan-trē \
plural gantries

Kids Definition of gantry

1 : a structure over railroad tracks for holding signals

2 : a movable structure for preparing a rocket for launching

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